THE RACING SEASON

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SQUADS

SQUADS

In September every year  aspirants assemble at the respective clubs' training bases on the Fraser River and Elk Lake. Very quickly the squads will be whittled down by the coaching teams, using a series of land based and water based testing to chose those who can potentially win Canadian University Rowing Championships in the fall and the The Brown Cup in the spring.

TRAINING & TESTING

Both of the squads are tested rigorously from the moment they start training in September, with many hopeful athletes being cut from the squads along the way.  The squads will train twice a day , usually with a morning session on the water followed by an afternoon session on ergometer, water or weights. Modern, professional testing techniques are used throughout the year, enabling the coaches to monitor a variety of factors which will help them ascertain improvement or otherwise in performance, and tailor their training programmes to each individual.

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TRAINING & TESTING

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FEBRUARY TRAIL VIII'S

FEBRUARY TRIAL VIII'S

In mid-February Uvic splits the squad to compete in the "Trial Eights", a race between two evenly matched crews of 'probables' & 'possibles' over the championship course. By tradition the two crews have names, in recent years these have included Fox vs. Hounds, Alpha vs. Omega, and Rebels vs. Empire .  The coaches use this event to see who copes best with the conditions and as a chance to blood the less experienced members of the squad. The resulting information is used to help them select their Brown Cup race crews and coxes.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

All athletes must meet the academic commitments of their course of study. This makes training especially tough for those with a heavy lecture schedule and spare time is always at a premium. This applies particularly for those rowers whose courses include a lot of laboratory sessions such as research scientists or undergraduate engineers. 

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ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

CLUBS AND CREWS

The UVic Boat Club was founded in 1965 with the legendary Lorne Loomer as the first coach. It has a storied history including  and incredible 106 Olympians between the men's and women's programs collectively. The UBC Boat Club was founded in 1921 as an offshoot from the Vancouver Rowing Club.

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CLUBS AND CREWS

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THE RESERVE SEATS

THE RESERVE SEATS

In 2010 the Brown Cup introduced the Reserve Seats to be awarded to the winner of the Reserve Crew and they travel to and from the host location with the winning crew each year.

The Brown Cup

HEAD-to-HEAD BOAT RACE

What

Head-to-Head Boat Race

UVic vs. UBC

When

March 28, 2020

Where

Gorge Waterway, Victoria, BC

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